Farmer attacks woman over right of way

Leeds Mercury
Thursday 17 January 1856

ASSAULT UPON A FEMALE

At the Wakefield Court House, on Monday, William Ramsden, farmer, near Carr Gate, was charged with assaulting Eliza Willoughby, on the 2nd inst, under the following circumstances. On the day above named, the plaintiff was proceeding along a footpath leading from Beck Bottom to Lindal[e] Lane, for the purpose of fetching water from a well. At a foot-gate in the field she was stopped by the defendant, who struck her with a hay fork, inflicting a wound on her hand. Ramsden stated that his object was to stop the foot-road, as serious damage had been done to his property. He was ordered to pay £2, and was informed by the magistrates that if he wished to stop the road, he was to take legal measures for effecting his object.